We decided to head out for Venice to our favorite restaurant on the water.
A lot of the channel markers have Osprey nests - this one had an adult and three babies.
A sailboat behind us in the intercoastal waterway had to wait for the Venice Island bridge to open.
We ate at the restaurant in the background after finding a place to dock the boat on the big dock at the marina.
We spotted a Mangrove area full of white egrets, so slowed down to observe them. That is when we noticed a big animal in the water.
It actually looked like two big animals - we watched a while longer and realized it was Manatees coming out of the water to eat the mangrove leaves.
It is really hard to get a good picture of a manatee - they are very shy and just come out of the water for an instant at a time. So it was very special to watch them eating when they made their brief appearances.